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Why Is There No Zoroastrian Central Temple?: A Thought Experiment

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The question of why Judaism and Zoroastrianism, two religions that shared a number of important theological concepts, both in their image of God and their eschatology, differed completely when it came to the question of the need for a single temple for their single universal deity who demands worship. Though Sasanian Zoroastrianism had a dualistic theology, it was not really dualistic, because the evil spirit was in no way the equal of the good spirit, the creator who was omniscient and omnipotent. Christianity had a religious hierarchy and a religious center, or rather, two religious centers, though pilgrimage to Constantinople did not, it would seem, compete with pilgrimages to the Holy Land. In Judaism, the Temple does play a role in purification.

Keywords: christianity; Judaism; Judaism; Zoroastrian central temple; Zoroastrianism



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